Instead of dividing ourselves up by chapter or print/broadcast/digital media, AAJA members should also ally ourselves according to our jobs and our beats. Imagine a listserv, Facebook page or LinkedIn group specifically for sports journalists, state house reporters, copy editors or social media specialists. This already happens to some extent informally, but making it more structured would allow us to share tips, sources, concerns and best practices. Read more
I believe AAJA needs to consider offering multi-year memberships like the Online News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists do. ONA offers professional, academic and associate members a one-year membership for $75 or a three-year membership for $150. (Maybe this is why ONA is one of the fastest-growing journalism professional groups.) And both NAHJ and the National Association of Black Journalists offer lifetime memberships (NABJ’s includes convention registration). Read more
I encourage each of AAJA’s 21 chapters to hold at least one Media Access Workshop a year.
AAJA has a template for those who haven’t held one in a while, but basically it works like this: You invite representatives of Asian American and other underrepresented community groups into your newsroom and offer them guidelines and advice on pitching their ideas and news stories to local television stations, newspapers and online media. Read more